Multinational - Study on the Abidjan - Lagos Highway Corridor Development Project - Request to Use Resources Mobilized from the African Investment Facility (AfIF) of the European Commission (EC)

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Sep 2016
Signature Date 07 Apr 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 4,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the realization of the preparatory studies related to the East African Community (EAC) Railway Enhancement Project. The EAC Railway Enhancement Project will contribute to lowering the transportation costs in the region. Once the project is completed, it will enable a large scale shift of the transportation of bulk goods from roads to cheaper railways. The study consists of three packages as follows: Feasibility, legal and regulatory harmonisation studies including Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and social impact analysis for: (i) Package A: Establishment of Railway Coordination Office (Rail Unit) within EAC Secretariat; (ii) Package B: Preparation of investment package including pre-and feasibility studies of 21 Regional Railways main links; (iii) Package C: Policy Program for Improved Sub-regional Rail Traffic including an harmonisation of Legal and Regulatory Framework. This important study will allow the EAC member countries to develop and improve efficiency of the railway sector. The anticipated costs of USD 1.8 million will be used to harmonise the countries' legal framework, investigate the feasibility of certain missing railway links and establish a regional Railway Coordination Unit within the EAC.

Project Objectives

Studying the East African Railways Master Plan and preparing bankable projects for investments and policy related documents to assist in reforming the railway sector in the region. Specifically the study will pursue the following objectives: a) suggest an optimal Institutional Design and implementation arrangement for the establishment of a railway unit within EAC Secretariat; b) determine main railway missing links to complete an EAC Inter-connected Rail Network System; c) provide a legal and regulatory framework for harmonising EAC Rail Network System.


The project will benefit to East African Community (EAC) member states, and improve the quality of life of 133 million persons living in the region by reducing the cost of goods and services.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Département des Infrastructures, Commission de la CEDEAO


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-179
Last Update 27 Sep 2020


Contact Details

Name EHOUMAN Lydie

Geographic Location

Country Multinational